Sleep Deprivation

The Surprising Causes of Sleep Deprivation

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You might wake up in the morning feeling incredibly tired…which exactly the opposite of what you should be feeling.

If this has been happening a lot to you lately, then chances are you’ve been suffering from sleep deprivation.

Maybe you know why you’re not getting as much sleep. You could have been up late working or with friends, maybe a neighbor was noisy, you’re feeling sick, woke up a lot in the night, or had some caffeine.  However, the real reasons behind sleep deprivation aren’t exactly so clear for a lot of people.

In fact, many people have no idea what’s causes disturbances in their sleep that leads to deprivation. Or, they may assume that it is one thing that causes sleep deprivation, when in reality it turns out to be something else.

While having caffeine, staying up late, or having to listen to a noisy neighbor may all contribute, or entirely cause, the deprivation in sleep, there are a few other reasons that you may want to consider before deciding what is causing the disturbances in your sleep.

Alcohol

One reason that causes sleep deprivation in many people is drinking alcohol. This may come as a surprise to many people, since typically drinking alcohol makes you feel tired. This is true…but only for a little while.

After we drink alcohol, we feel tired and may fall asleep. But alcohol interrupts our typical rhythm of sleep, and as a result causes us to wake up just hours later. This is why you should avoid drinking alcohol for a few hours before you hit the hay.

Pain

If we are afflicted with pain, any kind of pain, then it is extremely difficult to sleep. Even if we do fall asleep while suffering from pain, it’s not uncommon to wake up multiple times throughout the night.

The pain we feel throughout our body interrupt our sleep, and as a result we might spend more time at night awake than asleep.

Whether it’s a head ache, a stomach ache, pain in your joints, back pain, spinal pain or chronic pain throughout your body, they will all have the same effects on your sleeping habits.

Medicine

Yes medicine is supposed to help you, but some of the side effects of different types of medicine can cause disturbances in your sleeping patterns.

You should always consult with your doctor first to find out if any medicine or prescriptions you are taking inhibit your sleep. If so, you might want to consider switching to a different medicine or prescription.

For all you know, the most common drugs may cause disturbances in your sleep, such as an inhaler for helping you cope with asthma.

As a general rule of thumb, medicines and prescriptions that are used for treating high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems are the ones most likely to keep you up at night, but you should still check with your doctor first.

If you are unable to change the medicines you are, your doctor may prescribe more medicines to help you cope with the sleeping disturbances.

Stress

Stress is a very common factor in many people’s lives. Whether it’s due to family issues, ill health, financial problems, or work, we probably all have some kind of stress in our lives.

Stress impacts us greatly since it’s very common to feel exhausted when we feel stressed out.  And unfortunately, being exhausted won’t make it easier for you to sleep.

Many people think that when they feel exhausted, they could plop down on the floor and still fall asleep! In fact, the reverse is largely true.

If you’re exhausted, you may lay down on your bed and think or worry about all of the things in your life that are causing you to feel so stressed out.

The best way to deal with this is to spend some time doing quiet things first, before going to bed. You’ll probably toss and turn a lot less throughout the night!

A Sleep Disorder

This one may seem a little unnecessary, but there’s always the possibility that you have a sleep disorder.  If you do have a sleep disorder, you’re not alone.

Tens of millions of people in the United States alone suffer from varying degrees of sleep disorders. It’s always not a bad idea to check if you have a sleep disorder if nothing else you’re trying to get better sleep is working.

You may jerk and squirm in your sleep, or have interruptions in your breathing. These are just a few factors that can lead to a serious sleep disorder. Many people may go entire months or even years without knowing they have a sleep disorder.

These are just a few of the many different possible reasons for why you may be suffering from sleep deprivation.

Your spouse or partner may kick and snore excessively in their sleep, your bedroom may not be the right temperature or there could be too much light in your room.

This is why it’s important to figure out what’s happening. It can take some time to figure out what’s going wrong, but taking that time to find out could save you a lot of sleep in the future.

Don’t be afraid to talk with your doctor or medical professional, or to ask yourself some serious questions about any habits you have throughout the day that could impact how you sleep at night.

If you think about it, you may be surprised if any of the above possible reasons listed could be an explanation.

Getting plenty of sleep is absolutely important, so you need to take steps to getting enough sleep if anything is happening that inhibits the sleep you get.

As a society today, many people are not getting the right amount of sleep they need. It’s important that if you are one of those people, that you do everything you can to not be.

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